Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 21 April 2008 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 15 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 20 April 2008 at 10:25.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2008 after 28 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 102 of Meeus index or 1055 from Brown series.
Length of current 102 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 23 minutes. It is 1 hour and 19 minutes longer than next lunation 103 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 21 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 48 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠332.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠349.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
13 days after point of perigee on 7 April 2008 at 19:28 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 23 April 2008 at 09:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 404 344 km (251 248 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 945 km (252 243 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 15 April 2008 at 05:48 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 April 2008 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 10 April 2008 at 17:42 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.812°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.695° in the next southern standstill on 24 April 2008 at 22:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 14 days on 5 May 2008 at 12:18 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.